Add a new book quick-start guide

Step 2: Provide a description of the book

The book info tab is where you’ll set up the product details about your book. This tab is split into four sections:

About the book

The 'About the Book' tab lets you enter information about your book such as the title, description, publisher, publication date and series information.

Full list of values that you can enter

  • Title 
  • Subtitle
  • Description
  • Language
  • Publisher
  • Publication date
  • On-sale date
  • Format
  • Page count
  • Series name
  • Series number
  • Age range
  • For mature audiences?
  • Related books

Learn more about the book metadata that you can add in this tab.

Important: You must add a title in order to publish your book. ​


Important: Books require at least one genre for publication. All genres should be from the same subject standard.

To select a genre for your book:

  1. In the Genre tab, click the Down arrow Down arrow.
  2. From the drop-down, select a subject standard.
    • We highly recommend BISAC (Book Industry Subject and Category) because genres in the Play Store are based on BISAC. If you use a different subject standard, we automatically adapt other codes to work with their BISAC equivalents.
  3. Enter the genre name.
  4. Select from the genres that match your search.
  5. To add more genres, click Add a genre.
    • We recommend a maximum of three genres per book.
    • The first genre should be the most relevant to the book.
    • Use the same subject standard for all genres.
  6. When you’ve finished, click Save and continue.


 ​You can add contributors (authors, editors, illustrators) to your book one at a time. To add contributors, follow these steps:
  1. Type in the contributor’s name.
  2. In the field next to their name, click the Down arrow  down arrow  and select the individual's role.
  3. Add a bio for the contributor (optional).
  4. To add more contributors, click Add a contributor and repeat steps 1 to 3.
  5. When you’ve finished, click Save and continue.​


The settings tab lets you determine how your title will be displayed on Google. You have various display options for your book: 

Learn more about the settings tab.

Advanced Settings

You can also add advanced settings to your book.

Full list of Google Play and Book Search advanced settings

Google Play advanced settings

  • Suppress auto-generated flowing text
  • Use PDF only in Google Books search 
  • Show photos in Google Play Books
  • Insert a blank page after the cover
  • Reading order (non-ePubs only)

Google Book advanced settings

  • Territories
  • Show photos in Google Books preview
  • Name of site for printed book
  • Link for printed book
  • Publisher website
  • Publisher logo
  • Allow PDF download
  • Allow preview before on sale date

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